The gloves are coming off in the fight between independent content creators and the platforms that censor or outright remove their content.
There has been tension between online content creators and Big Tech for several years at this point, but the conflict escalated after YouTube demonetized conservative comedian Steven Crowder’s page after being cry-bullied by Vox host Carlos Maza.
Maza, who calls himself “@gaywonk” on Twitter, responded to a series of videos by Crowder that critiqued his take on various social issues. Crowder’s videos were mainly filled with rebuttals, but also included jokes mocking Maza’s likeness and sexuality. Maza claims he was continually harassed by Crowder. YouTube initially refused to take any action, noting that while offensive, the material didn’t violate any of the platform’s guidelines. Following pressure from like-minded content creators, however, that answer changed.
For many, this was the last straw. YouTube had finally crossed a line. And now, lawmakers are taking action as well.
Here’s Mark Dice with more.